GS Stone Restoration's Marble Shield on calcite based stones will not prevent surface etching but will reduce it about 80%. Acidic liquids, alcohol and vinegar can etch marble, travertine and limestone if left unattended on your stone surface. Water with a lower pH level lower than 7 is considered acidic.
Stomach acid 1 to 3
Lime Juice - 1.8 to 2
Lemon Juice - 2.3
Coca Cola - 2.5
Soft Drinks - 2.5 to 3.0
Vinegar - 2.4 to 3.4
Apple Juice - 3
Orange Juice - 3.5
White wine - 3.0 to 3.3
Red wine - 3.3 to 3.5
Drinking alcohol such as gin, rum and vodka - 3 to 6 adding Orange or Lime juice will lower pH
Tomato & Tomato Juice - 4.2
Beer - 4.5
Coffee - 5.5
Normal rain - 5.7
Milk - 6.2
Saliva - 6.3 - 6.6
Dog urine - healthy is 6.2 to 6.5
Drinking water - 6.5 to 8
Water - Under 7 is considered acidic
There is currently no penetrating sealer that can stop etching on calcite based stones.
On Absolute Black granite etching causes gray rings and spots on the surface. A topical sealer is not recommended for natural stone because it blocks the pores of the natural stone then can't breathe and the top coating can scratch easy. So what happens to natural stone that can't breathe? Moisture gets trapped and can cause a chemical and mineralogical change within the stone. This action of decay in natural stone may take form of pitting, spalling, flaking and oxidation. You want your natural stone to breathe or it will disintegrate.
Do you really want to put a plastic film on top of your beautiful natural stone? Best option GS Stone Restoration's Marble Shield sealer to protect your investment.
Granite Shield Stone Restoration & Sealing Service
Residential & Commercial
Sealing and restoring all hard surfaces in the home.
Marble, Granite, Travertine, Limestone, Quartzite, Man Made Quartz, Concrete, Stainless Steel, Glass.
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